After giving his 10th-grade board examinations, Dhruva was introduced to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. Whilst doing his London College of Music piano grades at the Octavium School of Music had heard about Global Music Institute in New Delhi. Having only been taught Classical piano, he had no prior knowledge of improvised music. His jazz piano teacher, Aman Mahajan introduced him to GMI.
Dhruva received acceptance at GMI in August with a scholarship. There he studied jazz piano under the tutelage of Austrian pianist and composer – David Six and played with New Zealand Bass player – Isaac Smith and also received his first acceptance into Berklee during the start of 2016. He chose not to go and continued his education at GMI and received another scholarship to study at their new campus in Greater Noida. He studied under Spanish guitarist Antonio Molina Moya and Bharath and continued as a student until he received another acceptance into Berklee in 2017.
He has currently finished his second semester there studying with Jazz pianists like John Mulroy, Steve Heck, Eric Byers, Saxophonist Gail McArthur-Browne, Bassists Lello Mollinari and Dave Hollander and Guitarist Steve Rochinski.
Diyatom Deb is a professional vocalist based out of Delhi. He has been involved as a vocalist in multiple bands in Delhi since 2009. Currently, he is the lead vocalist of a Delhi based Blues Rock band – Big Bang Blues. Hailing from Shillong, Meghalaya, Diyatom draws influence from artists like Don Henley, BB King, Paul McCartney, Siddharth Khosla from Goldspot and Stevie Wonder, and singers from different genres like Freddie Mercury, Aretha Franklin, and Donny Hathaway. During his schooling his mother got him involved in Indian Classical Music and he got a sense of melody from Kishore Kumar.
He was one of the top 9 contestants of The Stage Season 3 in 2017, aired on Colors Infinity. The Big Bang Blues has played at multiple venues in Delhi like The Piano Man Jazz Club, Depot48 etc. They have also traveled across India and played in venues like BFlat in Bengaluru, High Spirits Café in Pune, Someplace Else in Kolkata and Cafe Hendrix in Guwahati among several others. Diyatom was the vocalist in A Sessions, that played in multiple places in Delhi like Rumbar, The Piano Man, Fat Lulu’s, Speakeasy, Le Bistro and also in Redwing, the organizing band of Re-Rock that happens every year in Delhi. Deb boasts of solo acts in numerous places in Glasgow, Scotland such PIVO PIVO, Nice ‘n’ Sleazy and the Iron Horse Café.
He holds a 2-year training certificate in Indian Classical Music, a diploma in western vocals from Global Music Institute (GMI) and a diploma in western classical singing from Delhi School of Music. He recently completed the North-East tour and his studio-only project – ‘A Passing Glimpse’ just came out with its first EP – Shorelines, along with Karan Goyal.
Apart from the solo piano performances, Rythem has performed with great international artists such as George Brooks (USA), Rainer Pusch (Germany), Matteo Fraboni (Italy), David Soin Tapesser (UK) and great Indian musicians like Pranai Gurung, Vasundhara Vee, Sentirenla Lucia, Shubh Saran, Sanjay Divecha, Kartikeya Srivastava to name a few and he keeps playing with numerous musicians and bands in the city which has gained him the reputation of being one of the first-call jazz pianists in the city.
He has performed at some prestigious music festivals such as Goa International Jazz Festival (2017), MTV India Music Summit Festival (1st edition in 2017), Pune International Jazz Utsav (2018) and Delhi International Jazz Festival (2015). He has also performed in various corporate events at venues like St. Regis Hotel Mumbai, Fairmont Hotel, Alila Fort Palace, Neemrana Fort Palace, India International Centre, Bikaner House, JW Marriott, ITC Maurya, Leela Palace, etc.
He finds himself drawn to jazz music due to its emphasis on improvisation, which he believes allows musicians to be more creative and expressive. It’s his belief that playing jazz is important to musicians of any genre, as it opens up their aural abilities and encourages them to develop musical maturity.
Aman describes his music as being rooted in the rich tradition of Rhythm and Blues, but branching out to contemporary pop and electronic music. “I have always been an admirer of a musician’s ability to connect to a group of people at an emotional level and move them in a way that inspires them. To sustain a reciprocal relationship of personal thought with an audience through music is as close to a superpower as it gets. And so I strive to engage people from all walks of life into reaching out to their subconscious and vocalizing their thoughts through my music.” He Plans to record his debut album in the summer of 2018.
Dhruv Goel is a composer, music producer and vocalist based in Los Angeles, USA.
Born in Lucknow, Dhruv grew up in New Delhi studying Indian Classical music under Pandit Nirmalaya Dey. He then graduated in Electronic Production and Sound Design from Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Dhruv composes music for various TV shows/films and has worked as a composer/vocalist at Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control Productions in Los Angeles. He has performed with artists such as A. R. Rahman, produced a sample library with Splice Sounds based in New York and has been composing music for Facebook.
Charita is a singer/songwriter from New Delhi, India, currently studying MA Music Business Management from University of Westminster, London. Her interest lies mainly in the genres of Jazz, folk, and alternative, which shine through her original compositions. At the moment, she is trying to explore the music industry through the management lens and is also in the process of getting her first EP together.